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Mercer Island Profiled for Sustainability Achievements

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Mayor Bassett at City's Solar Array
Oct 13, 2015 - The City of Mercer Island is pleased to be one of the main feature stories in the latest edition of Cityvision magazine published by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), for the climate advocacy and carbon footprint work undertaken by its sustainability program.

Published every other month, the magazine typically includes a feature on a Washington city and its Mayor. This month, the entire issue of Cityvision is dedicated to discussing climate change, adaptation, and mitigation at the municipal and regional level.

The City of Mercer Island is highlighted, as are the efforts of several close partner cities and organizations that coordinate their climate work through the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C), an unprecedented initiative to amplify positive climate outcomes by working together with a unified agenda.

Environmental sustainability has been a core value for the City of Mercer Island since May 2007 when Councilís passage of Resolution 1389 committed to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2007 levels by 2050 (aligning with King Countyís goal).

The work program called for a calculation of the citywide carbon footprint Ė measures to reduce it now include programs such as: promoting bicycling and walking; converting the City fleet towards hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles; increasing community recycling rates; maintaining healthy urban forests; encouraging local renewable energy production through solar;  implementing energy efficiency retrofits at City facilities; and encouraging green power (carbon offset) sign-up programs for residents. 


Read the full Association of Washington Cities special issue here.

Learn about some of Mercer Islandís sustainability programs here.

Contact City Sustainability Manager Ross Freeman by Email at ross.freeman@mercergov.org

 



 

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